Monday, June 10, 2013

More-with-Less: A Cook Book Review

About The Book:

This is a new edition of Herald Press's all-time best-selling cookbook, helping thousands of families establish a climate of joy and concern for others at mealtime.
The late author's introductory chapters have been edited and revised for today's cooks. Statistics and nutritional information have been updated to reflect current American and Canadian eating habits, health issues, and diet guidelines. The new U.S. food chart—My Plate—was slipped in at the last minute and bplaced alongside Canada's Food Guide.
But the message has changed little from the one that Doris Janzen Longacre promoted in 1976, when the first edition of this cookbook was released. In many ways she was ahead of her time in advocating for people to eat more whole grains and more vegetables and fruits, with less meat, saturated fat, and sugars.
This book is part of the World Community Cookbook series that is published in cooperation with Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peace.
About The Author:

Doris Janzen Longacre was associated with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and its worldwide ministries "In the Name of Christ." She served as dietitian of Hesston College from 1961-1963, as MCC hostess of the Language Study Center in Vietnam from 1964-1967, and in another MCC assignment in Indonesia in 1971-72. Just before completing her second book, Living More with Less, Longacre passed away after a 39-month battle with cancer.

My Review:

In the last several years, I have collected several cookbooks that have been marked up, stained due to repeated use, and replaced due to lending out or over use. More With Less is one such cookbook. I have had the privilege to recently review it and I am over the moon with the results. I have learned the benefits of cooking and baking using less, while providing my family with healthy and great tasting food. Not only that, this book made me more aware of the situation of limited food resources worldwide. 
More-with-Less includes the following sections:

1. Yeasts and Quick Breads
2. Cereals
3. Beans, Soybeans, and Lentils
4. Main Dishes and Casseroles
5. Eggs, Milk and Cheese
6. Meats and Fish
7. Soups
8. Vegetables
9. Salads
10. Desserts, Cakes, and Cookies
11. Gardening and Preserving
12. Snacks and Miscellaneous

There are also sections in the book that explains how to use the book in your own home to help sustain food shortages, how to use substitutions, recommended daily dietary allowances as well as other necessary charts. 

I have tried several of the recipes, High Protein Pancakes or Waffles, Basic Spaghetti Sauce, Tangy Tuna-Mac and Chicken Cheese Casserole. Each included very basic ingredients, making them perfect for all families and budgets. The meals I made tasted very good, very kid friendly, and also froze great for future use. But even more endearing was the authors insights throughout the book. You will learn more than just great recipes when you read this book.

It would make a fantastic bridal shower or wedding gift, as well as a great gift for a new graduate or student moving out on their own for the first time.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase More With Less online through MennoMedia

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of MennoMedia, a division of Herald Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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